Combustible Mixed Media
A keen area of interest in the studio is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics.
Essentially, this is adding combustible and non-combustible materials to the clay as a way to enhance surface decoration. After firing in the kiln the magic happens as the mixed media item burns away or is altered leaving amazing patterns and textures in the slip or clay that is left behind.
Combustible materials we might add are things like paper, wood, textiles, grains, seeds, plaster, poly balls & plant materials like moss. Non-combustibles would be materials like grogs, perlite and recycled glass. All theses materials make amazing patterns and textures in clay.
Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration!
Whether its resists such as wax, paper or latex or coloured slip decoration like marbling, stencilling, spotting, feathering, sponging, slip trailing or maybe you’d like to try glazes with different finishes like gloss, reactive, crystalline, matt, satin or dry. We have 60 + glazes available to students.
Beautiful mark marking can also be achieved by impressing with wallpaper, stones, shells, leaves, bark, textured rollers or fabric. In addition, surface techniques like inlaying, combing, sgraffito, carving, cutting, impressing, piercing, burnishing, modelling in relief, clay stamps or terra sigillata – can also be achieved.
All materials like slips, clay, glazes are included in course fees as well as firing and use of tools.